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The Enemy Gets a Vote: Fighting Rifles in the Real World

In this episode I’m talking to Jeff Gurwitch again. He recently put up a video on his YouTube channel that caught my attention. Why? Well, because on the surface it contradicts my own advice of, “Let the mission dictate the configuration.”

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The Complete Guide to Your Iron Sight Zero

Most articles walk you through the basic steps of getting your iron sights zeroed, but they lack an explanation of why you’re doing the steps you’re doing. Let’s change that.

Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

The AR-15 Barrel Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know

This post summarizes just about everything I’ve learned about rifle barrels in general, and specifically the AR-15. Barrels are an important topic, so settle in for some details.

A Competition 22 Rifle for Everyday Precision Shooters

It’s no secret that I’ve been assembling a 22 target rifle suitable for competition and training use. I’ve been posting articles debating the merits of a competition 22 rifle as a stand-in for larger centerfire rifles when it comes to long-distance training and practice. Well, it’s now time to throw back the curtain on what I’ve built.

The Recce Rifle: Builder’s Guide to Modern Classic

The original SEAL Recce Rifle was an in-house modification to M4 carbines. The history goes back to the early 1990s. Since they were so individualized, there really wasn’t a spec, but there is an accepted pattern to follow.

my current battle belt setup

The Battle Belt: 3 Essential Tips for Carrying Gear Like a Boss

The battle belt is a sort of modern iteration of the classic ALICE gear that served the US military from the 70s through late 90s. But there are some significant differences, particularly in the type and amount of load that the belt handles.

AR-15 in on a snowy day

Field Guide to Buying Your First AR-15

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the country. This guide discusses a good first rifle configuration, and provides some technical info to back it up.

HI, I’M MATT.

I’m the founder of The Everyday Marksman. 

I’ve always been an outdoors fanatic and avid shooting enthusiast. As a former military officer and master instructor, I want to bring a different perspective to the firearms and outdoors communities. It’s not just about high-speed shooting and tactics, but the sum of your ability.

I created The Everyday Marksman to teach tactical skills to everyday people seeking a more adventurous life.

Want to learn more about me? Read This →

-Matt, The Marksman

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Getting Started in Tactical Biathlon

In this guest post, Erik talks us through a new type of tactical biathlon going on down in Texas. Are you up for this combination of endurance and shooting prowess?

The MEC Marksman Challenge: Better Think Fast

This marksman challenge is something I’m calling the “Make Effective Choices” challenge. Like the pistol shooting drills that inspired it, you must balance speed against precision and decision making. Let’s dig in.

My First Precision Rimfire Match: AAR and Lessons Learned

I recently competed in my first PRS Rimfire match, and it was a great time. I also came away with several observations and lessons learned. Let’s dig into what I would do different for next time and what you might consider for your first match.

Do You Know Your DOPE? Here’s a Custom Card

With my upcoming PRS Rimfire match, I set out to create my own custom DOPE cards. Whether I need them or not remains to be seen, but I figured you might be interested in downloading the template for yourself.

Tackle the Kettlebell Mile Challenge

This Marksman Challenge is a test of strength and endurance. Like rucking, but with an added twist. The short version: pick up a kettlebell and carry it one handed for a mile. The devil is in the details.

Thank you for coming by The Everyday Marksman. This site and its community are a labor of love. I hope you stick around for a while, and maybe even join us.

-Matt

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